Originally Posted by Tingum
I have never understood why people choose to ride a storm out in a marina! I always feel safer on my own ground tackel in a safe anchorage or ideally tied in the mangroves.
Well, for me it's easy. At the marina I have 7 points of contact with the ground... and I used them all. I also had 14 lines out to the pilings and dock
. All of which had chafe protection. I have more confidence in that than I do in my anchor
setup currently. But that's changing.
My boat doesn't have a bow roller, so the next generation anchor
I have is difficult to deploy and retrieve. I have one designed, and a friend is fabricating it... but until then I use a fortress
. It has held in some rough stuff, but I'm just not there yet.
I really don't want to come off as knowing it all... that's extremely far from the truth. I bought this boat 5 years ago having never sailed... I grew up on power boats though. So I learn thru mistakes
... and I'll make many more. But when someone suggests something, I evaluate what they are saying and see if it works for me, or if I disagree. Sometimes that happens online, sometimes at the dock
Some things just seem obvious to me... we all have seen the swirling clouds on satellite images
of hurricanes, so how can anybody possibly think that the wind
is only going to come from one direction? You know the hurricane
is a wind
storm, so how come it has to be told to people to reduce your windage? Everyone has heard about storm surge, how come people neglect to set up their lines for higher water
If I'm new at something, say tying up a boat for a storm, there's simply no excuse for not googling it. And if I'm not confident in it, and only lived a few minutes away, how can I possibly go to sleep without having checked on the boat? Maybe I love my boat more than I should... but it's more than a boat to me, it's my private rebellion, my escape module, and ironically, it's my freedom from consumerism.
That turned into more of a rant than I wanted it too....